Yes, I know. Another Christmas book. For a girl who hardly reads anything with the seasons, I’ve read a TON of Christmas books this year!
I’ve been enjoying the books, so far, and I’ve been thinking I *might* just make this a tradition — we shall see, I suppose.
Anyways….make sure you read all the way to the end of this post, where you will have the chance to enter a fun giveaway, and just might possibly win a copy of this book =)
A collection of short stories honoring the birth of the Savior From two siblings caught up in the harrowing days of World War II to separated foster children in the US…
From a memorable road trip across the Southeast to the reunion of a war-torn family…
You’ll be swept into the Christmas spirit with the endearing stories tucked inside these pages. The story lines range from family to romance to the bond of community, with settings scattered across America and beyond.
Behold the beauty of the Savior’s birth with this gathering of stories that warm the soul and bless the heart.
This book was interesting. It’s the first book I’ve read by this author, but it left me wanting to read more :D
All the stories in here had the common theme of military running throughout. My personal favourite was the one about the children in foster care. I’ll admit, I pretty much cried, it was that sweet! But they were all good, and I enjoyed each one of them.
The flow of the book was beautiful, and I loved the fact that the gospel message was woven throughout it so plainly, in such a subtle manner that it was the backbone of every single story in this collection. The stories themselves were the perfect length, and I enjoyed them immensely!
I’ll say this, as well: one of the stories had me laughing. Hard. Mainly because there was a merciless teaser in the family, and the bantering was hilarious to read. More so for me, who happens to have a friend who teases mercilessly :D The excerpt I’m going to share perfectly expresses what I thought — and what I’ve learned — about the teasing and the bantering:
“Love you, too, Miss Cheerful.” Ryder smirks right back, snaking his arm around my waist. I smile as I watch them, the family’s two youngest, with the perfect age-gap to be best friends and worst enemies.
When I first met Hannah, I didn’t know what to think of her family’s occasionally brutal teasing. But once I got to know them all better, I realized why it works. Love is the foundation of this home.
Across the kitchen and near the open doorway to the dining room, Drew and Mr. Traven are propped against the counter with steamy coffee mugs in their hands. Although not as much of a jokester as his brother, Drew’s calm seriousness cracks sometimes and his crazy teasing side slips out.
I definitely will be re-reading this one! I would caution that this does have emotional scenes, and talks about war and violence and such. It is all spoken of in a very Christ-like manner, but it *might* – and it’s a VERY big MIGHT — bother younger readers.
In all, I wholeheartedly give it four stars :D
Saved by God’s grace, Faith Potts is a teenage writer and homeschool graduate, living with her family and beloved yellow labs in the North Carolina mountains. When she’s not weaving stories, consuming large amounts of coffee, reading stacks of books, or studying American Sign Language, she can be found laughing harder than is healthy, daydreaming, and—of course—blowing dandelions.
I am a 22 year old young lady who is redeemed and saved from my sin only by the grace of God. A bibliophile at heart with a love of history who desires to see the Word of God practically applied to all aspects of our daily lives -- in our homes, in the grocery store, in the political realm. I strive to put my jumbled, chaotic thoughts down onto paper -- reducing them into black and white rows, letters, sentences. Into some semblance of sanity. And I share them here with all of you, where I can challenge you, make you think, and cause you to ask questions. I am the oldest of eleven children living the country life in the deep south.